Well, the list came out as usual.

*I never seem to understand what sleep's all about until it's left me again.


Northlanders #1 (new Brian Wood viking project, coming soon)

Alex Robinson's Lower Regions (this is totally not a cute dungeon-crawl comic; it is actually a photo-perfect guide to all things below Alex Robinson's waist)


Column #13 (concerning the godly hands of Black Jack, Osamu Tezuka's famed medical hero - #14 should be along in shorter order)

At The Savage Critics! Which didn't have any of my short reviews up, because there wasn't a damn thing I bought in pamphlet form last week that inspired 300 words worth asking people to read!

That's not a slam or anything - I liked The Umbrella Academy #3 just fine, but it pretty much held the pattern as usual; nice use of complimentary panels while swinging back and forth between action locations, though. Is that a good term? I'm talking about where something happens in one panel, and the next panel seems to 'react' to it, despite it depicting something happening in a different location - keeps the action flowing, and Gabriel Bá is a careful enough artist to not let it get confusing.

Similarly, The Programme #5 provided the usual mix of stiff gesture and vivid tableaux, the script hectoring and declarative, but sometimes funny. The cell phone bit with the President was good.

*Remember, remember, the end of November means Thursday comics in the USA. The last time I went into a local shop looking for new funnies on a post-holiday Wednesday, the owner pulled a bat out from behind the counter and cracked me right across the head using both arms. I began this website soon after.


The Ice Wanderer and Other Stories: Sound the alarms! It's a new Fanfare/Ponent Mon manga release! Lay down your $21.99 as soon as you see it, 'cause you might never see it again. And it's a Jiro Taniguchi book too, a 240-page collection of six stories pitting humans against the harsh wilds, first published in 2004. Preview here. Expect immaculate storytelling and environmental rhapsody.

A Treasury of Victorian Murder Vol. 9: The Bloody Benders: Rick Geary's newest document of doom, now in dandy $9.95 softcover form, for those who want their Benders bloody, but thrifty as well.

Little Sammy Sneeze: The Complete Color Sunday Comics 1904-1905: And in contrast with 'thrifty,' we've got the latest release from Sunday Press Books, that lavish outer limit of our vintage reprint Golden Age. And god, who doesn't want a 96-page, 11" x 16" hardcover compilation of Winsor McCay's classic, printed in a unique manner to simulate the actual setup of a period newspaper page, with a blazin' full-color Sammy on one side of every page, and an appropriate partial-color bonus comic on the back. Thus, in addition to what's in the title, you'll also get the full run of McCay's Hungry Henrietta, and samples of Gustav Verbeek's The Upside Downs of Little Lady Lovekins and Old Man Muffaroo and John Prentiss Benson's The Woozlebeasts. More info here. Your bank account will probably be happier without that $55 clogging it up.

Dan Dare #1 (of 7): Being the start of Virgin Comics' revival of the British comics icon, from writer Garth Ennis and artist Gary Erskine. I've noticed Virgin making it a point in their house ads that Ennis isn't going to be inclined toward excess with this one, which actually isn't that unique; his 2006-07 Wildstorm project Battler Britton similarly woke an old UK property with a gentle jostle rather than a kick out of bed. Interestingly, the apparent starting point of this new Dare series -- seeing the retired hero chafing against ugly domestic politics -- is strikingly similar to that of Grant Morrison's famously bleak Dare of years back (with artist Rian Hughes), although I suspect this one will play out as far more a contemporary politics-aware adventure comics epic. Six pages are here. I'll be looking for it.

World War 3 Illustrated #38: Facts on the Ground: Top Shelf presents another 104 pages (8 in color) of political comics sure to inspire whispery détente. Featuring a damn good-looking piece by Peter Kuper on his stay in Oaxaca, Mexico, Kyle Baker's Special Forces, and others on Hurricane Katrina, global warming, immigration, Iraq, and much more. Full contributor list and preview here.

Popgun Vol. 1: This is a new comics anthology from Image. I have no idea what it's about, but it does call itself "the ultimate graphic mixtape" and apparently "crosses the protected borders of every genre, fulfilling the desires of anyone hungry for the pungent taste of creativity." Well! The lineup does look decent enough, mixing a whole bunch of Image creators with some new folk - any new Brandon Graham is worth a glance, at least. At 400 full-color pages for $29.99, the financial gamble isn't that big either.

All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder #8: In which the series' first storyline draws to a grand close -- or at least stops at a point somewhat amenable to collected edition cutoff -- with the introduction of writer Frank Miller's new vision of the Joker. One can only imagine how that might turn out. Meanwhile, writer Grant Morrison gives us The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul part 4 (of 7) in Batman #671, and I can't wait to see how it drives.

Casanova #11


Madman Atomic Comics #5


Speak of the Devil #3 (of 6)


Foolkiller MAX #2 (of 5): They are... other comics I continue to buy.

Doc Frankenstein #6: God damn, it's been just about fifteen months since #5 hit the stands. You'd swear the writers had a movie to direct or something. But for those itching after more Wachowski funnybook action, with the art of Steve Skroce, this issue will bring to their eyes the long-awaited origin of God. He was a nerdy mop boy down at the local gym...